Wasn't the basic idea of the Defenders that they were (in Marvel's own words) a "non-team," with no official charter, membership, or mission statement, just a bunch of random, seemingly unrelated heroes who got together from time to time and did whatever (though "whatever" usually meant saving the world). It seems… » 10/21/14 12:48pm Today 12:48pm

Though I'm sure that if you looked at the average trailer from 1979, or 1961, or 1971, or 1975, they'd be pretty pedestrian and would make even good movies look boring and generic. If you watch the very first teasers for Star Wars or Fellowship of the Ring, they look like crappy genre movies, with no sense of what… » 10/19/14 3:19pm Sunday 3:19pm

One thing that becomes apparent if you watch the Marvel movies in order is that they only very gradually upped the weirdness/"comic book" quotient over time. Iron Man is a pretty conventional action movie in a lot of ways, its sequel even more so. What sets it apart from other superhero origin stories is the hero. … » 10/19/14 12:40pm Sunday 12:40pm

For the longest time, I thought of The X-Files as that dopey show about UFOs. Then one night I was aimlessly flipping through my local TV stations and and came across this scene from "Little Green Men" (I can't find a clip so I'll have to provide a transcript): » 10/17/14 5:23pm Friday 5:23pm

I always took that line to refer to a human world that wasn't so uptight about gender roles or sexual norms. If you look at the Nostromo crew profiles running in the conference room scene, the character's genders are listed as "Natural," the idea being that elective sex changes are a normal thing in this society,… » 10/17/14 8:33am Friday 8:33am